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Little Richard


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Birth Name: Richard Wayne Penniman
Born: 1932/12/05
Birth Place: Macon, Georgia, U.S.
Years Active: 1951 – present
Genres: Rock And Roll, Rhythm And Blues, Soul, Gospel

Richard Wayne Penniman (born December 5, 1932), known by the stage name Little Richard, is an American singer, songwriter, pianist and recording artist, considered key in the transition from rhythm and blues to rock and roll in the 1950s. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame web site entry on Penniman states that: "He claims to be “the architect of rock and roll,” and history would seem to bear out Little Richard’s boast. More than any other performer - save, perhaps, Elvis Presley, Little Richard blew the lid off the Fifties, laying the foundation for rock and roll with his explosive music and charismatic persona. On record, he made spine-tingling rock and roll. His frantically charged pia... Continue Bio >>


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